DEBORAH S. MAXEY SCHOLARSHIPS – The Maxey family is creating a new memorial scholarship to support a high school senior preferably entering the field of education. The applicant must be accepted into college this fall.  Also, an additional scholarship will be awarded to a current college student majoring in education.  To be eligible for either scholarship, the applicant must have attended St. John Lutheran School at least 4 years from kindergarten through eighth grade.  Please stop by the church or school office to pick up an application for either scholarship. Applications are also available on the church website at The application deadline for each scholarship is April 6th.
Week of  March 18, 2018
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated this weekend in all services in the Church with individual cups. Here at St. John Lutheran Church, we believe, teach and confess that the bread and wine we eat and drink at Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is truly present in this meal giving us the benefits He won for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Holy Communion is also a meal that expresses unity in faith and belief among those who partake in it. Because of this, and because those who eat and drink unworthily do so to their great harm, we ask those of you with us who are guests and visitors to this church to please speak to one of the pastors or elders before communing. Please leave the grape juice for those with special medical needs and have spoken to pastors. Thank you and may God bless you in worship today!
ALTAR FLOWERS this weekend are in honor of Brook Rose Crites 1st Birthday, March 16 by her parents, Christofer & Alysia Crites.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS – Please direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 28, 2018 to St. John Lutheran Church or St. John Lutheran School, Defiance, Ohio.  If you have any questions or need help with directing your Choice Dollars you can call Thrivent at 800-847-4836 or stop by the church office and we will be happy to help you.
SPRING BREAK – St. John Lutheran School will be closed for spring break March 26 – April 2.  The Tigers’ Den will be open for your childcare needs.  Please let them know if you need childcare so they can plan their week.

THANK YOU FROM LYNN KELLER – I wish to thank St. John Lutheran Church & School, Defiance, for collecting t-shirts and also St. John Lutheran Endowment Committee for financial support for my Habitat for Humanity trip to the Dominican Republic.  Reaching out to the world with the message of Jesus.

CAROL A. FONT SCHOLARSHIP – St. John established this scholarship to express appreciation and to encourage young people to train in the area of education and teaching. To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be a communicant member of St. John Lutheran Church and must be enrolled and accepted as a freshman in a teacher education program. Please stop by the church office to pick up an application. The application deadline is April 9.


YOUTH EASTER BREAKFAST HELP NEEDED – We need kids 6-12th grade and adults to help with Easter Breakfast from 8:00 a.m-11:30 a.m. on April 1. We will serve breakfast from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Youth are also encouraged to help prepare some of the food the day before, March 31 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sign-up on youth bulletin board or contact Angie Morris.


LADIES AID NOODLES – The Ladies Aid will be having their homemade noodles for sale in the downstairs hallway this weekend after each service.  Cost is one bag $3.00 or two bags $5.00.
LENTEN MEAL BOY SCOUTS – Wednesday March 21, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm the scouts will have home-made soups from the families of pack and troop 75 with ham or turkey sandwiches and desserts. Plan to attend and enjoy the wide variety of soups that will be available for a free will donation. 
CARD SHOWER FOR PASTOR KOENIG 90TH  BIRTHDAY – Please help Pastor Koenig celebrate his 90th birthday on March 26, with a card or note for this special occasion:   Pastor Koenig is currently at: Glenn Park, 2429 William A. Diehl Ct., #151, Defiance, OH 43512.

NEW MEN’S BIBLE STUDY, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 18, 9:30 a.m., FELLOWSHIP ROOM ONE – In 1973, Birmingham was torn by racism and hate. God worked through the Woodlawn high school football team to unite the city and ignite a spiritual awakening. This revival was nothing short of miraculous. Could it happen again? ONE features powerful scenes and exclusive footage from the movie Woodlawn to discover the answer. With teaching by Pastor Dave Stone and commentary by Dr. Tony Evans, ONE prepares your heart to experience and embrace a move of God. PLEASE JOIN US.



March 10 & 11, 2018
6:30 p .m.    70
8:00 a.m.     71
9:30 a.m.     116
11:00 a.m.     95
Lenten Service (March 7) 164
                             Total: 516